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2012 Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness Steele Rasmusson of Haworth FFA

Wed, 02 May 2012 16:30:56 CDT

2012 Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness Steele Rasmusson of Haworth FFA Haworth FFA member Steele Rasmusson knows the hard work and dedication of running a successful hay bailing operation and getting crops to prosper in a variety of soil types. Through his first-hand experience on his family farm, Rasmusson's passion and dedication to the hay bailing industry led to his selection as the 2012 State Star in Agribusiness recipient.

The State Star in Agribusiness is one of the highest honors given by Oklahoma FFA. Rasmusson's supervised agricultural experience was rated the best agribusiness project among the 727 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 86th annual State FFA Convention on May 2. In addition to this honor, Rasmusson received the Governor's Trophy and a $2,000 cash award sponsored by Blue & Gold Sausage Co. of Jones, Okla.

Rasmusson moved from Utah to Oklahoma in the fifth grade. After stepping foot into an agricultural classroom, Rasmusson said he knew he was in the right place. He began his hay business bailing large squares bales. His passion, with encouragement from his FFA advisers, guided him toward success.

"I love hay, and I love the custom bailing business," Rasmusson said. "I always loved the hay process and loved everything about it, so one day I just decided that's what I wanted to be doing." Rasmusson said he attributes much of his success to his rural upbringing and involvement in FFA. Rasmusson is The 18-year old Haworth FFA member is the son of Shand and Angela Rasmusson. His agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Terry Maye and Sky Storey. After graduation, Rasmusson said he plans to obtain a degree in agricultural business before achieving his long-term goal of operating his own farm.

"FFA has taught me a great deal of things," Rasmusson said. "It has helped me improve my public speaking abilities, leadership skills, and most of all it has helped me become a better person. The experiences and the knowledge that I gained cannot be replaced."

Click on the play arrow in the VIDEO BOX below to see the video that was played on stage after Rasmusson heard his name called as the Star in Agribusiness on Wednesday afternoon in Oklahoma City.



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